T.S. Spivet gives perspective

T.S. Spivet gives perspective

Companion Questions

The *.pdf document contains an introduction, map link and questions for all the chapters.  They were  created originally for a bright 6th grader.

My friend, Ninja, and I set out on an epic journey of our own this past academic year.  As part of our adventure, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include T.S. Spivet’s adventure.  I looked high and low for lesson plans or activities (Why reinvent the wheel?!) but did not find it.

I created a set of Companion Questions to accompany an academic exploration of Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.

I’m sharing them here and hope that you and your students pack your bag and go exploring!


Camp GeoReading – July in New Hampshire

Camp GeoReading – July in New Hampshire

Geospatial Enlightenment for Reading & Writing

Join us for this three-day adventure in thinking outside the book. This institute, focused on integrating mapping, spatial literacy, and analysis into reading and writing instruction, is designed for any level of geospatial experience, novice through expert. Explore ready-made lessons centered around classic literature, non-fiction and content area reading. Learn how outdoor experiences can give students perspective. Create your own mapping experiences for students. Bring a book, story, article or content area reading with you to build your own multidisciplinary, differentiated learning experience for your students. You might consider working with a team of teachers to implement a cross-curricular, thematic approach. All activities will utilize ArcGIS Online in a web browser, which can be used on Macs, PCs and mobile devices.

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Summer Spatial Institutes

  • Geospatial 101
  • Web Maps Galore
  • ArcGIS Online Organizations: How will I ever manage?
  • Watershed Ecology Institute
  • Signs of Politics and Signs of Habitats: Analysis with ArcGIS Online
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Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

A Louisiana State Story - Utilizing Story Maps to Teach State History

Join me Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:30-2:45pm in the Coronado room!

If you can’t be there, here is my storymap/presentation for you.

Chat maps and such!

Stop by the GISetc booth in the EdUC expo!

Buy a book!

Starting Sunday, June 27 throughout the week, you can pick up two of my books in the Esri Store!

Texas in February for TCEA 2016

Texas in February for TCEA 2016

i'm presenting at tcea 2016

UPDATE: My handout from the session, click here.

If you’re looking for cool things related to geospatial technology, digital maps, interactive online mapping….and need it to be free for your school. (Yes, FREE! No catch…really!)

Join the TCEA GEOSIG at one of these presentation during the annual conference in February!

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Elementary Social Studies: Thinking Spatially

12:00-1 pm in Room 17A

Tom Baker & Anita Palmer

Connect with Your Community Using 21st Century Tools

3:30pm-5pm  in Room 6B

Carolyn Mitchell & Roger Palmer


Enhancing Social Studies with Digital Maps

1:30-3pm in Room 4A

Tom Baker, Anita Palmer & Chris Bunin

Dead Authors, Dusty Books and Mapping Their Connections

1:30-3pm  in Room 6B

Barbaree Duke


GEO-SIG Luncheon: Dining with Drones

11:30-1:30 in Hilton Room 415AB

42 ideas GIS in Education

42 ideas GIS in Education

Fresh from our presentation at the Esri edUC with a salute to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shannon White and I present 42 ideas and resources that may help educators and geomentors in their quest to integrate GIS, GPS and geography into education, inside and outside.  What other ideas do you have?  Please share your comments below.

  1. bring a map of the school to examine and interpret
  2. map gallery (student made or professional made or both)
  3. Make a map with cookie dough and icing
  4. Draw a mental map from home to school
  5. Topographic bingo
  6. Bingo with a community based satellite image
  7. Show live maps of buses (real time).
  8. track the weather
  9. watch live earthquakes
  10. count time zones
  11. map the countries playing in world cup
  12. make a map of all the places in your books
  13. plan a route to the park
  14. hide and seek on campus with drawn maps and clues (transition to geocaching)
  15. track vocabulary words country of origin
  16. collect scientific discoveries by location
  17. solve math problems that give coordinates as answers
  18. brainstorm school or local problems that a map or location would help solve
  19. research a topic with map data only
  20. students find one cool map related fact and share it
  21. map the news for one day, then examine change over time
  22. where does your food come from (Thanksgiving arcgis maps as an example)
  23. where do your clothes come from (NatGeo gadget)
  24. build a map (NatGeo printables MapMaker interactive)
  25. Map places you want to visit (or have visited)
  26. Look at change over time in your community (changematters.esri.com)
  27. examine story maps about a topic you are studying (i.e. the bat map)
  28. Track roadkill or trash or something else found along roads
  29. Map your school yard (transportation, recreation, natural features)
  30. look at old maps (David Rumsey Map Collection) and compare/contrast to digital maps
  31. Use John Snow Map in ArcGIS online to examine spatial analysis
  32. Show a brief video about GIS in use (Ushahidi, Geospatial Revolution, etc)
  33. Examine the Earth as Art collection and discuss geography and remote sensing patterns
  34. Participate in a crowdsourcing or citizen science effort (BioBlitz using iNaturalist, Project Budburst, Globe at Night)
  35. Make a smell or sound map of your neighborhood
  36. Plan a road trip or vacation for yourself or someone else
  37. make a story map or Snap2Map
  38. find cool map projects in the online map gallery – how many are problems in your area?
  39. Map your family or family history (watermelon story)
  40. Map your life or create an  autobiographical map
  41. Help map a local park or trail
  42. Find a geographic element that connects math, science, language arts and social studies